RCT, the smart technology company with clients in more than 72 countries worldwide, from Australia to Africa, Asia, Russia, North America and Latin America, has its origins in an electrical business started 50 years ago by Bob Muirhead.
Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was number one on the Billboard charts, the infamous Watergate Scandal was just beginning and for around USD18,000 you could buy a house in Australia in 1972. This was when Muirhead opened the business that would grow into a global leader in smart Guidance, Teleremote and Remote Control automation solutions for the mining industry in both the open pit and underground sectors – leading to better profitability, productivity and safety for the industry.
It wasn’t long before Muirhead created the first of many game-changing products: a fail-safe engine protection system that became known as the Muirhead Engine Protection system and is still used today by heavy equipment fleet owners around the world.
This product range remains strong half a century later with RCT now offering hundreds of solutions across its other established brands: ControlMaster Automation, EarthTrack Data, SmarTrack Information and AusProTec Electrical Equipment.
Throughout its long history, RCT has been known by numerous business names – some will recognise the company when it was called Bob Muirhead Electrical, before changing to Automotive Industrial Supplies and then Remote Control Technologies and now of course, the company is known as RCT.
The company highlights that it has installed more machine-controlled solutions than any other global supplier and its standard-setting automation solution has clocked more than 8 million, incident-free automation hours.
“It’s fantastic to have seen the business grow over the years – from such humble beginnings to the worldwide company it is today – it’s just incredible,” says Muirhead.
RCT’s executive director and CEO, Brett White, adds, “We are unique to the market as we are able to provide an array of cutting-edge solutions that are easily installed on any machine, regardless of make or model.
“We are constantly innovating and therefore always relevant to the market and equally importantly we support our clients on their technology strategic journey.”